The Effect of a Blockage on Forced Convection Heat Transfer From a Heated Square Cylinder to Power-Law Fluids

Sahu, K and Chhabra, R P and Eswaran, Vinayak and et al, . (2010) The Effect of a Blockage on Forced Convection Heat Transfer From a Heated Square Cylinder to Power-Law Fluids. Numerical Heat Transfer, Part A: Applications, 58 (8). pp. 641-659. ISSN 1040-7782

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Forced convection heat transfer characteristics of a long, heated square cylinder blocking the flow of a power-law fluid in a channel is numerically investigated in this study. In particular, the role of the power-law index n, Reynolds number Re, Prandtl number Pr, and blockage ratio β(=B/H) on the rate of heat transfer from a square cylinder in a channel has been studied over the following ranges of conditions: 0.5 ≤ n ≤ 1.8, 60 ≤ Re ≤ 160, β = 1/4, 1/2, and 0.7 ≤ Pr ≤ 50. A semi-explicit finite-volume method is used on a nonuniform collocated grid arrangement. The third-order QUICK and the second-order central difference schemes are used to discretize the convective and diffusive terms, respectively, in the momentum and energy equations. Irrespective of the type of behavior of fluid (different values of n), the average Nusselt number increases as the blockage ratio increases. Similar to the unconfined flow configuration, the average Nusselt number increases monotonically with Reynolds and Prandtl numbers for both values of the blockage ratio and for all values of power-law index considered here. Further insights into the heat transfer phenomenon are provided by presenting isotherm contours in the vicinity of the cylinder for a range of values of the Reynolds number, Prandtl number, and power-law index for the two values of β considered in this work.

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Subjects: Physics > Mechanical and aerospace
Divisions: Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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